Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada: Back to the drawing board for proposed BSL?

The town of Yarmouth held a public meeting seeking input on their proposed bylaw, which was breed-specific. The proposal defined the following breeds as “fierce and dangerous dog”: Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, and any mixed breed that contains one of these breeds. You may read the draft bylaw here: http://townofyarmouth.ca/agenda/files2/00400/400/draft_dog_bylaw_april_12_2011.pdf

Attendees at the public meeting did not speak in favor of a breed ban. Town officials will now review the massive quantity of correspondence and material that they received, and will use those suggestions to revise the proposed bylaw.

Please continue to send respectful, helpful correspondence to Yarmouth officials to guide them toward an effective breed-neutral bylaw and discourage them from passing discriminatory legislation.

Contact info for Yarmouth town officials:
Mayor Phil Mooney, Mayor.Mooney@townofyarmouth.ca
Deputy Mayor Byron Boudreau, DeputyMayor.Boudreau@townofyarmouth.ca
Councillor Esther Dares, Councillor.Dares@townofyarmouth.ca
Councillor Ken Langille, Councillor.Langille@townofyarmouth.ca
Councillor Daniel MacIsaac, Councillor.MacIsaac@townofyarmouth.ca
Councillor Neil MacKenzie, Councillor.MacKenzie@townofyarmouth.ca
Councillor Martin Pink, Councillor.Pink@townofyarmouth.ca

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Mayor.Mooney@townofyarmouth.ca; DeputyMayor.Boudreau@townofyarmouth.ca; Councillor.Dares@townofyarmouth.ca; Councillor.Langille@townofyarmouth.ca; Councillor.MacIsaac@townofyarmouth.ca; Councillor.MacKenzie@townofyarmouth.ca; Councillor.Pink@townofyarmouth.ca

Yarmouth residents want dog owners on tight leash

Council seeking input on new bylaw

By BRIAN MEDEL Yarmouth Bureau
Wed, May 11 – 5:50 PM

YARMOUTH — It was the biggest crowd Mayor Phil Mooney ever saw in town council chambers.

A public meeting Monday evening gave folks an opportunity to tell Yarmouth town council what they want in a new dog bylaw. But not one person in the overflow crowd spoke about banning a specific breed of dog, said Mooney.

People seemed to want dog owners brought to heel by a tough new law that would make them responsible for their animal’s every move when out in public.

Council will meet to discuss the comments, as well as the nearly 300 pieces of correspondence from as far away as California and the United Kingdom, said Mooney. […]

Full article retrieved 5/12/11 from http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1242766.html

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